Sibiu, the former capital of Transylvania, has always resisted us every time we have gone on a path of desertion in Romania. The first times we visitedTransylvania we always run into the wall of the most spectacular road in Europe, the winding Transfagarasan, but on a summer trip we could cross it and reach the beautiful ancient capital of Transylvania.
The former capital of Transylvania
Romania is much more than Bucharest, a city that has changed a lot in recent years but that does not become what it was, the ancient Paris of the east. On the other hand, Romania has developed cities as beautiful as Brasov or Sibiu to the north, cities with a much more European court than we are used to in the Carpathian country.
Sibiu city center
Town Hall Tower
Sibiu is a small city, since in just mid-morning it is possible to see all the old town. We are not talking about a city full of life, especially in winter, but a city where you have to stop and enjoy it.
In just mid-morning you can see the main tourist points of Sibiu
Also Sibiu is an ideal point to undertake a hiking route in the Fagaraswhere is the highest peak in Romania, the Moldoveanu, with 2,543m, an area that you cannot discard due to its incredible beauty. We were really surprised.
Transfagarasan in November, south access
Sibiu in one day
Sibiu is a city with less than 200,000 inhabitants in which it is said is the happiest city in all of Romania. On the day we were little we perceived it, perhaps because it was cold and the bars were half empty, but if the tourist office says so, well, we will have to believe it.
The Sibiu main points of interest They are counted on one hand. Years ago, the former capital of Transylvania had more than 30 towers that protected the city, but today there is little left. However there are 4 points that stand out above the rest and very close to each other.
- The large square (Piata Mare)of 1,411
- The town hall tower (Turnul Sfatului), built in the 13th century
- The outer towers of the city (Turnul Dulgherilor)
- Sibiu Cathedral
Sibiu is not very big, but it is cozy and even an ideal city to eat and enjoy for a while.
When to go?
In summer it is when the weather is much more welcoming, but they say that the month of May is the best when hosting an interesting international theater festival. If you go, you have to tell us, that we are left with the desire.
Where to sleep?
In Sibiu there are cheap or low cost hotels that are very worthwhile. Here are the ones we saw.
- Villa Weidner, for about € 45 a night. Here we stayed and for one more than perfect night.
- Think the President, from € 36
- Hotel Stefani, newer, but further away. From € 30